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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Elegance
 
  Elegance is not an ornament worthy of man.
Seneca.    
  1
  Elegance is exquisite polish.
Mme. Necker.    
  2
  Many a woman will pass for elegant in a ballroom, or even at a court drawing room, whose want of true breeding would become evident in a chosen company.
Julia Ward Howe.    
  3
  Neither refinement nor delicacy is indispensable to produce elegance.
Lavater.    
  4
  Elegance of manner is the outgrowth of refined and exalted sense.
Chesterfield.    
  5
  When the mind loses its feeling for elegance, it grows corrupt and groveling, and seeks in the crowd what ought to be found at home.
Landor.    
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  The wisest woman you talk with is ignorant of something that you know; but an elegant woman never forgets her elegance.
O. W. Holmes.    
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  Elegance is something more than ease; it is more than a freedom from awkwardness or restraint. It implies, I conceive, a precision, a polish, a sparkling, spirited yet delicate.
Hazlitt.    
  8
  Taste and elegance, though they are reckoned only among the smaller and secondary morals, yet are of no mean importance in the regulations of life. A moral taste is not of force to turn vice into virtue; but it recommends virtue with something like the blandishments of pleasure, and it infinitely abates the evils of vice.
Burke.    
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